Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Naxals attack court in Bihar, free comrades

Zeenews Bureau

Patna, June 23: In a daring attack, a group of armed Naxal rebels on Tuesday opened indiscriminate firing at the Lakhisarai district court premises in Bihar and freed four of their comrades.

According to reports, motorcycle borne ultras entered the court premises and opened fire targeting a police van that brought in the Naxals from the jail for hearings due in court.

The unprecedented attack by the ultras created chaotic scenes inside the court premises and the policeman escorting the four Naxals fled from the scene to save their lives.

Taking advantage of situation, the Naxals managed to escape with four ultras and have melted into the nearby jungles, considered to be their stronghold.

One of the four ultras rescued by them has been identified as Ghaskar Marandi, who is the zonal commander of Ranchi.

According to an eyewitness, the ultras fired close to 30 to 40 rounds injuring the District Development Commissioner Rajiv Ranjan Sinha, four constables and five civilians.

Sinha, who was shot in his leg, is now said to be out of danger.

While trying to flee the court premises, the ultras also attacked the nearby office of the District Magistrate of the Lakhisarai and opened fire in the air to threaten the commoners.

Incidentally, the ultras are also enforcing a 48-hour bandh in five states to protest against the crackdown by the security forces in Lalgarh in West Bengal.

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